The team landed a pay-out for the fourth consecutive week when Mike's 50/1 selection Tyrrell Hatton finished third in Switzerland, so confidence remains high as they take on this week's debut event on the European Tour, a 64-man matchplay tournament...
Steven Rawlings: Back Richie Ramsay @ 21.020/1
"The Aberdonian finished fourth in the Scottish Challenge on the Challenge Tour here in July 2006, when he shot rounds of 63 and 62, so he's already demonstrated that the course isn't just on his doorstep, it also suits his game."
*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 4 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Peter Uihlein @ 41.040/1
While this week's field would struggle to be described as top-class, watching European Tour matchplay in Scotland is a tantalising and intriguing proposition; Matchplay is a format that many would like to see more of in the professional game. I love the look of last week's runner-up Matthew Fitzpatrick this week, his game is clearly in great shape. However, I'm going to side with another US Amateur winner (2010) Peter Uihlein. The American performed with credit last week but the odd disaster hole has been ruining his tournaments and I feel a return to the matchplay format could be exactly what he needs to kick start his career.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Raphael Jacquelin @ 26.025/1
Normally in a matchplay event, we have plenty of past numbers in this nuanced format to pore over, but there is no such vast bank of matchplay form amongst this 64-man line-up. In it's absence, the best plan may be to look for another critical factor - form on UK links courses and in certain obvious events. Raphael Jacquelin fits that bill and is in form coming off seventh at Crans. The Frenchman was also second in the recent Scottish Open and has fared well in both the Dunhill Links and Open Championship, most notably finishing eighth at Royal St Georges four years ago in brutal conditions. Jacquelin has always been streaky, but he's worth siding with when on a good run.
Joe Dyer: Back Chris Wood @ 26.025/1
With zero course form to go on it feels like something of a lottery this week but I'm happy to back proven quality in the form of Chris Wood at 25/1. Starting with his tied third at the Trophee Hassan in May the Englishman put together a stunning run that included a fourth at Wentworth and culminated in his win at the Lyoness Open. Two missed cuts followed that success unfortunately, but Wood got some weekend action in at the Scottish Open where his tied 31st nodded towards his wellbeing on links tracks, something we already knew after two top fives at The Open in the last decade. That ability to play links golf is going to come in handy at the Match Play which will be played on the wind-whipped Scottish east coast. Familiarity with the conditions, a solid all-round game and a hot putter make Wood a decent bet for me at what is a joint industry best price.
Steven Rawlings: Back Richie Ramsay @ 21.020/1
Although the early 25/1 has long since gone, I'm still happy to take 20/1 about Richie Ramsay on a course he knows intimately in a format in which he's previously thrived at the highest amateur level. The Aberdonian finished fourth in the Scottish Challenge on the Challenge Tour here in July 2006, when he shot rounds of 63 and 62, so he's already demonstrated that the course isn't just on his doorstep, it also suits his game. And a month after that, he went over to the States and won the US Amateur at Hazeltine, so a return to Murcar may revive all sorts of happy matchplay memories and with a win already under his belt this year in Morocco, Ramsay is undoubtedly one of the main contenders.
Mike Norman: Back Maximilian Kieffer @ 26.025/1
Matchplay golf always presents bettors with a different conundrum to the ones we face regularly with strokeplay tournaments but I'm going to eliminate - rightly or wrongly - most of the head-scratching by simply going for a player in form, who can make countless birdies. Germany's rising star Maximilian Kieffer has been a regular name on leaderboards this season, producing some stunning rounds of golf to get into contention before faltering on the final day, when the nerves kick in no doubt. This format may suit then. He's sure to fire in enough birdies to beat any opponent on his day, and with no leaderboards to check, he might just play some relaxed golf and finally, and very deservingly, get his head in front.
2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)
Year to date P/L: +£584.90
- European Masters, Tyrrell Hatton @ 50/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- The Open, Justin Rose @ 23/1 - PLACE (Ralph)
- The Open, Louis Oosthuizen @ 20/1 - PLACE (Dan T)
- Scottish Open, Eddie Pepperell @ 125/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Open de France, Bernd Wiesberger @ 33/1 - WON (Mike)
- Lyoness Open, Robert Rock @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Chris Wood @ 125/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Mauritius Open, John Parry @ 150/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Masters, Paul Casey @ 66/1 - PLACE (Romilly)
- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan G)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)
*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75